Jordan Henderson ‘happy’ to give up Wembley captaincy against Aston Villa

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With it be Jordan Henderson or Steven Gerrard who leads us out this afternoon…?

You can’t help but think that today must be a day of mixed feelings for Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, who must know in the back of his mind that he could be leading the Reds out at Wembley in a matter of hours.

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However, our No. 14 has been quick to point out that it’s Steven Gerrard who remains our club captain and that he wouldn’t hesitate to hand him back the armband should he be selected against Aston Villa.

Henderson did at least admit that it would be a ‘great honour’ to marshal the troops for an occasion as big as an FA Cup semi-final, having already captained the side for a series of league and cup fixtures this season.

But believe it or not, Henderson is desperate for his long-serving teammate to be lining-up alongside him, as the England pair attempt to guide us into the final of the competition against Arsenal.

He told our official website: “Hopefully Stevie’s back because he’s a massive player for us and I think he can have a big influence on the game.

“He’s a big player and he’s been there and done it many times. He’s a really important player so hopefully we’ll have him back and he’ll lead us out.

“If he’s not, of course it’ll be a great honour to lead the team out at Wembley but at the same time I’d want to take it as any other game and just concentrate on what we’re trying to do, and that’s to win the game and get in the final.

“It might not be easy [to do that] but I’ll try my best. Obviously the emotion might be a little bit higher and the adrenaline will be going, but I think if you control that and focus on what your job is to do, which I think I can, then there should be no problem.”

This is, of course, Gerrard’s last chance to win silverware with his beloved Liverpool before leaving for LA Galaxy at the end of the season, so he should need little in the way of motivation to get up for this one!

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